Cortijo Las Montoras was inhabited first as an Arab settlement, where cereals and flour were produced, olives and almonds were grown and it was a place where people came to collect water.
After the Castilian conquest in 1482, the cortijo was inhabited by families that for centuries were dedicated to agriculture and animal farming.
We know that the cortijo was refurbished to a certain extent after the damage suffered by the earthquake of 25 December 1884. Then it was also extended to accommodate a growing family.
Maintenance work took place up to 1964 when the last resident family left the cortijo to move to the nearby village of Santa Cruz, when a school opened and the government built some dwellings for the farming community to live in an urban area.
Up to then, the people who lived in the cortijo survived for centuries in precarious conditions, without sanitation, running water or electricity. The water from the well was extracted by hand, using a bucket.
Once the last settlers left the country life behind, the cortijo started to suffer considerable deterioration, abandonment and fell into disrepair.
Then, in 2006, the current owners saw the beauty of this architectural ruin which was near the point of falling beyond repair and fell in love with it, deciding to buy it. Its beauty, location, potential and history were factors which helped them make their decision.
The purchase went through in 2007 and the paperwork to register the purchase, to get the rehabilitation licence, permits to bring electricity and modern facilities took 5 long years until finally in 2012, the work to reform, refurbish and preserve the building started.
Respecting the building and its details were of upmost importance to rehabilitate the building applying the modern specifications and comfort, but keeping the traditional Andalucian architecture.
Located in the beautiful Matajaca valley, Cortijo Las Montoras continues with its refurbishment process and evolution as there are two buildings which are in ruin still to be refurbished and they will be the multipurpose classroom and two extra bedrooms.
The former stable building will be reutilised to breed butterflies and ladybirds, both species are under threat of extinction in the area due to the extreme use of pesticides and herbicides over the last 40 years.
Cortijo Las Montoras has started the planting of shrubs and trees for pollinators, to promote their reproduction.
In the pond, during the summer months, we are developing a programme to breed dragonflies and from spring 2016, the bee hives return to the cortijo to share their honey, pollen and wax with us and our guests. From our organic olive trees we produce extra virgin olive oil of first cold extraction.
Our commitment with the environment and nature is visible in our installations, courses and life style which we love to share with our guests.